UPDATE: Egypt’s local news digest Nov. 4: Luxor receives 550 tourists aboard 4 charter flights from Germany
Tourists visiting Karnak temple in Luxor. Youm7 archive.


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Luxor receives 550 tourists aboard 4 charter flights from Germany

Some 550 tourists arrived in Luxor International Airport Thursday aboard four charter flights from Germany, Bekhit Khairy, Director of Public Relations at the airport said Friday.

The number of tourists visiting Luxor witnessed a notable increase after German charter flights resumed operations to the historical city last year, Khairy told Youm7.

The number of tourists visiting Egypt has witnessed a sharp decline following the crash of a Russian airliner over Sinai in late October. Germany, Italy, Russia, France, and the U.K. are among the states that decided to halt flights to and from Egyptian airports shortly after the crash.

The industry took a further dive following the murder of Italian Cambridge University graduate, Giulio Regeni, whose body was dumped along a highway with signs of torture in Egypt’s Giza governorate in early February.

According to the Central Agency for Public Mobilization and Statistics (CAPMAS), Germany was the second largest market for tourism in Egypt after Russia in 2014.

The number of German tourists visiting Egypt during the period between January and March 2015 increased by 17%, compared to the same period last year, Egyptian ambassador to Germany Mohamed Hegazy told state-owned MENA news agency.


Interior ministry arrests Muslim Brotherhood leaders involved in assassination attempts

Egypt’s interior ministry said Friday it has arrested several Muslim Brotherhood members nationwide, involved in forming “armed entities plotting to jeopardize the country’s stability,” Youm7 reported.

The arrestees are members of the recently-emerged militant groups Hasm movement and Liwa al Thawra movement, the interior ministry announced in a statement Friday, adding that weapons, explosives and proof that the militant groups had been set up by the Muslim Brotherhood were also seized.

Both groups have claimed responsibility for assassination attempts on judges, policemen and military officers in recent months.

The arrest comes as part of the ministry’s “new proactive blow to terrorists upon directives of Interior Minister Magdy Abdel Ghaffar to intensify efforts to boost pillars of security and stability and to foil plots of terrorists,” said the statement.

The statement comes hours after an Egyptian judge, who tried former President Mohamed Morsi, survived an assassination attempt when a parked car exploded as his vehicle drove by in Cairo’s district of Nasr City.

Hasm Movement, which has claimed four other attacks since July, said it set off the car bomb that exploded near a vehicle carrying assistant prosecutor general Zakaria Abdel Aziz from his office to his home in Cairo early October.


Ahly maintain premier league lead after 1-0 win over Tanta

Al Ahly maintained the Egyptian Premier League lead after beating Tanta 1-0 Friday in Mahalla Stadium.

Al Ahly earned the three points after an unimpressive performance with a number of missed chances and lack of attacking vigor to threat lowly Tanta.

Friday’s win puts the Red Devils on the lead of the Egyptian Premier League with 20 points gained eight games, while still waiting for Misr El-Makasa who are second with 18 points and with one game left.


5.5K clinics across Egypt provides family planning services

Egypt has a total of 5,500 fixed clinics that provides family planning services to citizens across the country, Youm7 reported.


Gov’t announces increase in ration cards value to be 21 EGP

Minister of Supply Mohamed Ali Moselhy announced Friday an increase in the value of the ration cards per capita to be 21 EGP instead of 18 EGP.

The minister’s remarks came at a cabinet press conference to discuss the decision of the floating of the Egyptian pound that entered into force Thursday. The minister added that the increase is estimated at 5 billion EGP.

He added that the ration cards will be filtered of non-eligible citizens starting next month.

Low-income and impoverished citizens benefit from ration cards; the cards system include points per which people purchase subsidized items like rice, oil, sugar from local markets.


CBE allocates $1.8 bln for strategic items for 6 months

Minister of Supply Mohamed Ali Moselhy said that the Central Bank of Egypt has allocated $1.8 billion to provide strategic items for six months, during Friday press conference at the cabinet.


Gov’t rises pensions value to 15 bln EGP

The government announced it will increase pensions this year to 15 billion EGP, Minister of Solidarity Ghada Waly announced Friday during a press conference held at the cabinet’s headquarters.

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